NHL suspends Wilds’ Matt Cooke seven games for kneeing

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke has been suspended seven games for kneeing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

If the suspension is not fully served during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the remaining games will be served at the beginning of the 2014-15 regular season.

Cooke was assessed a minor penalty for kneeing in the second period of the Wild’s First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in St. Paul on Monday.

Barrie, one of the Avs best defenseman this season, will miss the next 4-6 weeks with an MCL injury.

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